Aug 232014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-2;
Won, 7-0
@ Lehigh Valley,
5:35 p.m.
Lively (3-2, 4.10) and
Runion (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Manship (0-0, 4.20) and
Horst (4-2, 4.58)
Harrisburg Lost, 7-0 vs. Trenton,
6:00 p.m.
Simms (2-5, 4.42) vs.
De La Rosa (3-3, 3.40)
Potomac Won, 4-3 (10 inn.) vs. Frederick,
6:35 p.m.
Dickson (4-8, 4.78) vs.
Blackmar (8-1, 3.02)
Hagerstown Lost, 5-1 @ Hickory,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs. Ledbetter (6-6, 5.65)
Auburn Won, 4-0 vs. Williamsport,
7:05 p.m.
Torres (1-1, 1.63) vs.
Whitehead (4-3, 2.61)
GCL Nationals Winning, 2-0
(Suspended, 4th)
@ GCL Mets,
10:00 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals DNP @ DSL Orioles2,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD


Rochester 4 Syracuse 2 — GAME ONE (COMP.)
• Laffey (L, 12-5) 7IP, 12H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 2K, WP
• Delcarmen 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Burriss 2-5, R, RBI
• Kobernus 1-3, 2BB, RBI

The Rochester Red Wings flew past the Syracuse Chiefs 4-2 when their suspended game resumed play with two outs in the bottom of the 1st yesterday. Syracuse took a brief 2-1 lead in the bottom of the 2nd when Jose Lozada doubled, and Wilson High School alum and D.C. native Emmanuel “Manny” Burriss singled him home. After the small ball of two singles and a sacrifice bunt put runners on second and third in the 6th, Rochester took the lead on a sacrifice fly and a wild pitch by “starter” but now long man Aaron Laffey. Despite combining for four free passes in four innings, Rochester’s Stephen Pryor managed to secure a win in relief and Lester Oliveros recorded a hold by stymying the Chiefs offense from the 5th through the 8th. Michael Tonkin recorded his eighth save for the Red Wings with a clean 9th.

Syracuse 7 Rochester 0 — GAME TWO
• Hill (W, 11-6) 7IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 2K, HBP
• Rhymes 2-2, R, BB
• Dobbs 2-3, R, RBI
• Hood 2-3, R, HR, 2RBI

An angry Syracuse squad responded in Game Two with a 7-0 whitewashing of Rochester. Starter Taylor Hill pitched a seven-inning complete game that was a model of efficiency, requiring only 86 pitches to earn his 11th victory. Emmanuel “Manny” Burriss singled and later scored on a Tyler Moore single in the first. The Chiefs turned this one into a laugher in a five-run 4th. Destin Hood circled the bases and invited Tyler Moore to join him in celebration at home plate with a two-run bomb to left field. Burriss did him one better by hitting a three-run bomb later in the inning that scored Greg Dobbs, who got on with a single, and Will Rhymes, who had reached base on a walk. To add insult to injury, the Chiefs tacked on their seventh run in the 5th when they punished the RedWings for walking fearsome Moore with a single by Hood then an RBI single by Greg Dobbs that scored Moore.

Trenton 7 Harrisburg 0
• Kroenke (L, 2-8) 5+ IP, 7H, 5R, 4ER, BB, 5K, HR
• Dupra 2IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 1K
• Ramsey 2-4
• Martinson 1-3, BB

The Harrisburg Senators continued their dubious march toward history with nine lackluster innings in a 7-0 loss to the Trenton Thunder, a sub-.500 Yankees AA affiliate that they made look like the 1927 Yankees. Dante Bichette, Jr. evoked memories of Dante Bichette, Sr.’s glory days for the Colorado Rockies by depositing a baseball into the right field seats in the second inning. Since only Caleb Ramsey and Jason Martinson were capable of recording hits for the Senators, that’s all the offense the Thunder would need. Trenton scored an unearned run following a Rick Hague error in the 4th. Starter and loser Zach Kroenke ran out of gas in the top of the 6th when he allowed a single, a double, and a single to start out the inning before reliever James Simmons poured gasoline on the fire. After promptly recording two outs, Mr. Simmons melted down with a single, a walk, and two more singles that allowed three more Thunder to rattle home plate and put this one out of reach.
Roster moves: LHP Sammy Solis assigned to the GCL Nationals for minor-league rehab.

Potomac 4 Frederick 3 (10 inn.)
• Spann 6IP, 4H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Mendez (BS, 3; W, 7-4) 2IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, BB, K, HR
• Perez 2-4, R, BB
• Norfork 1-3, 2B, BB

Much like the big Nats, the P-Nats put lots of runners on but only one in — courtesy of Isaac Ballou, who went (han) solo on Frederick’s Sebastian Vader over the CF wall in the 3rd — through the first seven innings. A two-out single, a two-base wild pitch and a passed ball gave Potomac a 2-1 advantage after eight innings. Gilberto Mendez, however, coughed up that lead with a two-run HR in the top of the 9th. The Keys returned the favor with a pair of errors to set up Tony Renda’s game-tying RBI single in the 9th, then committed another miscue in the 10th (fourth of the night) to give Potomac the 4-3 win in extras. The win, Potomac’s seventh straight, combined with a Wilmington loss reduces the magic number to clinch to six.
Roster moves: OF Stephen Souza reassigned from Hagerstown for MLB rehab.

Hickory 5 Hagerstown 1
• Ott (L, 0-2) 5IP, 4H, 4R, 2ER, 2BB, 4K, HR
• Valdez 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Mesa 2-4
• Kieboom 1-3, RBI

Hagerstown got one in the 1st, then were shown who’s their Crawdaddy by two Hickory pitchers for a 5-1 loss. Yohander Mendez and Angelo Leclerc held the Suns to just five hits and one walk on the night, with Narciso Mesa the sole batter to reach base twice. Travis Ott lost the 1-0 lead to the first batter he faced, gave up two more in the 3rd, and another in the 4th. He finished with four runs allowed (two earned) on four hits and two walks while setting down four on strikes. Greensboro, however, also lost to reduce Hagerstown’s magic number to eight. Should the Suns make the playoffs, Lucas Giolito won’t be pitching, according to WaPo’s Adam Kilgore.

Auburn 4 Williamsport 0
• Ander. Martinez (W, 2-2) 6IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Orlan (H, 3) 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Gardner 3-3, 2B, RBI, CS
• Langlois 2-3, R, 2B
• Read 2-4, R, 2B, HR, 2RBI

Three Doubledays pitchers combined on a five-hit shutout of the Crosscutters by a 4-0 count. Anderson Martinez went the first six innings, giving up two hits and a walk. Robert Orlan let up two hits over the next two for this third hold while Mario Sanchez worked around a two-out single in the 9th to seal the deal. Jeff Gardner led the Auburn hit parade with two singles and a double while Raudy Read got things started with his sixth home run in the bottom of the 1st.

GCL Nationals 2 GCL Mets 0
Play was halted in the top of the 4th after G-Met farmhand Manuel Hilario was seriously hurt in a head-first collision at second base. According to an official release by the Mets, he was airlifted to an area hospital where he was given a CT scan, which appears to normal and the 22-y.o. could be released today. They’ll pick up play today and play a second game afterwards.

DSL Nationals vs. DSL Orioles2 — DNP
Rain washed out the penultimate game on the schedule. While the game is listed as “postponed,” it’s quite possible that it’s actually cancelled.

Aug 222014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Tied, 1-1
(Suspended, Rain)
vs. Rochester,
4:05 p.m. (Comp. DH)
Laffey (12-4, 3.35) and
Hill (10-6, 2.96) vs.
TBD and
Gilmartin (2-4, 4.36)
Harrisburg Lost, 1-0 vs. Trenton,
7:00 p.m.
Kroenke (2-7, 6.49) vs.
Bleich (4-5, 3.51)
Potomac Cancelled vs. Frederick,
7:05 p.m.
Spann (8-5, 4.43) vs.
Vader (2-4, 5.25)
Hagerstown Lost, 14-6 @ Hickory,
7:00 p.m.
Ott (0-1, 33.75) vs.
Mendez (2-0, 1.17)
Auburn Lost, 14-3 vs. Williamsport,
7:05 p.m.
Ander. Martinez (1-2, 4.40) vs.
Pinto (1-3, 2.38)
GCL Nationals Lost, 6-5 @ GCL Mets,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 1-0;
Won, 4-1
vs. DSL Orioles2,
10:30 a.m.
M. Pena (1-1, 5.46) vs.
Peralta (0-4, 3.12)


Syracuse 1 Rochester 1
Rain halted this after one inning. They’ll pick it up this afternoon at 4:05, then play a second, seven-inning game 45 minutes afterwards.

Portland 1 Harrisburg 0
• Espino 8IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 11K
• Self (L, 2-3) 1IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, BB, 2K, HR
• Vettleson 2-3
• Ramsey 2-4
• 0-1, RISP; 3 LOB

Paolo Espino turned in his best outing of the season, but the rest of his teammates turned in one of their worst in Harrisburg’s 1-0 loss to the Portland Sea Dogs. Ric Flair was whipping the home crowd into a frenzy with his “WOOOOOO!” as Espino struck out 11, including four straight starting off the 3rd. Harrisburg won the hit column 5-3, but lost the game 1-0 when Espino was removed after eight innings for Derek Self. Mr. Self immediately gave up a leadoff homer to Mike Miller, and the Senators dismal 2014 season continued when they were retired 1-2-3 in the home 9th by winner Mike McCarthy in his second inning of work.

Potomac vs. Lynchburg — CNCLD
The series finale — and the final regular-season game — between Potomac and Lynchburg was canceled when the grounds were deemed unplayable following a thunderstorm. Combined with a Blue Rocks loss, the P-Nats magic number was reduced to eight games with 13 games left on the schedule (67+1 – 32W – 28L).

Greensboro 14 Hagerstown 6
• Suero 7IP, 9H, 4R, 3ER, 0BB, 4K
• Johansen (L, 5-6) 1+ IP, 2H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 0K, HBP
• Napoli (BS, 1) ⅔ IP, 6H, 7R, 7ER, 3BB, K, 2-2 IR-S
• Difo 4-5, 2R, 3B, SB
• Ward 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Souza 1-2, BB, SB <-- on rehab assignment; expected to join Potomac tonight

Greensboro scored nine runs off Hagerstown in the 9th inning to complete a 14-6 comeback at Municipal Stadium. The game was a back-and-forth affair for the first eight innings, with the Suns leading 6-5 entering the final frame. After getting two quick outs, David Napoli allowed the next nine Greensboro batters to reach base – six on hits, four on walks and hitting one batter, resulting in nine runs for the Grasshoppers. Seven Hagerstown batters had at least one hit during the game, with Wilmer Difo leading the offense. He was 4-5, with 2 runs scored and a triple. Hagerstown now holds a two-game advantage over Greensboro in the SAL Northern Division standings with ten games remaining in the regular season. Tonight, they begin a three-game set against third-place (five games behind) Hickory in North Carolina.

State College 14 Auburn 3
• Van Orden 5IP, 5H, R, ER, 0BB, 4K, WP
• D. Williams (L, 1-3) ⅓ IP, 1H, 4R, 3ER, 2BB, 0K
• Davidson 3-4, 2B, 2RBI
• Marmolejos-Diaz, 3-5, 2R, 2B, RBI

The Auburn bullpen gave up a combined 13 runs in two innings to State College as the Spikes crushed the Doubledays 14-3. After Auburn starter Drew Van Orden pitched five innings of one-run baseball, things started to unravel as Deion Williams allowed all five batters that he faced to reach base and four of them came around to score. The Spikes then added on three more runs in the frame before being retired. State College then collected six more runs, on seven hits and two walks, in the 7th off of David Ramos to complete the rout. Despite getting 11 hits, Auburn was only able to manage 3 runs, all in the first four innings. They were led by Austin Davidson, who was 3-4 with two RBIs and a double. Jose “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz was also a top contributor, going 3-5 with two runs scored and an RBI.

GCL Mets 6 GCL Nationals 5
• Mills 3IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 2K
• Mancini (L, 0-2) 1IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 0K, HBP
• Reetz 2-4, 2RBI
• Gutierrez 2-3, BB

The G-Nats dug themselves out of a 5-0 hole with a run in the 6th and a four-run 7th, but couldn’t answer the G-Mets single run in the 8th to drop a 6-5 decision and lose their fourth straight. McKenzie Mills and Yorlin Reynoso were touched for three runs and two runs respectively over three innings apiece. Domenick Mancini saw a one-out hit batsman turn into a two-out run as an infield single plated the gamewinner. Kelvin Gutierrez reached base three times with two singles and a walk as the G-Nats notched eight hits and drew three walks for the afternoon.

DSL Nationals 1 DSL Cardinals 0 — GAME ONE
• Lopez 4IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• A. Diaz 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Y. Ramirez (W, 3-0) 4IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Mota 2-3, CS
• Peguero 1-3
• Andr. Martinez 1-4, R, 2B

Yonathan Ramirez picked up where his teammates left off and completed the no-hitter with four scoreless innings as the D-Nats edged the D-Cards, 1-0. Andres Martinez scored the lone run in prototypical DSL fashion, leading off the 7th with a double, taking third on a wild pitch, then scoring two batters later on another wild pitch. The D-Nats were held to just four hits and two walks total, with Israel Mota the sole batter to reach base twice.

DSL Nationals 4 DSL Cardinals 1 — GAME TWO
• Bermudez (W, 5-5) 5IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 4K, WP
• Vargas (SV, 4) 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 3K, WP
• Agustin 2-3, 2R, 2B, 3B, RBI,
• Pilier 1-3, RBI

The D-Cards finally broke through in the top of the 1st of the second game but then were shut down again as the D-Nats completed the de facto doubleheader sweep with a 4-1 win. Juan Bermudez evened up the won-loss record with five innings of one-run ball, allowing two hits and a walk while fanning four. Miguel Vargas tossed two scoreless innings to earn his fourth save. Telmito Agustin doubled, tripled, and scored twice to lead the D-Nats attack.

Aug 212014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 11-2 vs. Rochester,
7:00 p.m.
Lively (3-2, 3.91) vs.
Johnson (9-7, 3.54)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-3 vs. Portland,
7:00 p.m.
Espino (6-4, 4.07) vs.
Rodriguez (5-7, 4.14)
Potomac Won, 8-1;
Won, 3-0
@ Lynchburg,
6:05 p.m.
Rauh (2-2, 4.00) vs.
Scarpetta (3-6, 4.50)
Hagerstown Won, 5-2 vs. Greensboro,
7:05 p.m.
Suero (3-1, 2.14) vs.
Garcia (9-5, 4.69)
Auburn Won, 5-4 @ State College,
7:05 p.m.
Van Orden (1-3, 5.04) vs.
Gomber (0-2, 2.79)
GCL Nationals Lost, 9-6 @ GCL Mets,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals 0-0 after 5 inn.
(Suspended, Rain)
@/vs. DSL Cardinals,
10:30 a.m. (COMP. DH)
Bermudez (4-5, 2.10) vs.
Fernandez (0-5, 5.79)


Syracuse 11 Rochester 2
• Cole (W, 6-0) 6IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 5K, HR
• Grace 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Lozada 2-3, 2R, RBI
• Perez 2-2, R, 2B, RBI <-- was hit by throw returning to 2B after RBI double, lifted for PR one batter later
• Schierholtz 3-5, R, HR, 4RBI

Syracuse scored early and often in a dominant 11-2 win over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. New Chief Nate Schierholtz hit a three-run homer off RailRiders starter and loser Bryan Mitchell, scoring Emmanuel Burriss and Eury Perez before a single out was recorded. The rout continued with a Perez RBI double in the 3rd, scoring Burriss. Pinch-runner Jose Lozada would later score on a Tyler Moore sacrifice fly. Armed with a 5-0 lead, starter and winner A.J. Cole gave up a solo home run to lead off the 5th. Scranton’s Taylor Dugas walked with one out, advanced to third on a single by Carmen Angelini that was deflected by Will Rhymes and later scored on a sacrifice fly. Only Will Rhymes will want to delete this game from his laptop; every other Chief managed either a hit or an RBI. Fine bullpen work was turned in by Matt Grace and Ryan Mattheus, who bounced back from some tough outings with a perfect 9th.

Portland 5 Harrisburg 3
• Rivero 5IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 6K
• Bates (BS, 1; L, 1-3) 1⅓ IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 0K, 0HR
• Keyes 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI
• Martinson 2-4

The Harrisburg Senators continued their losing ways with a 5-3 loss last night to the Portland Sea Dogs. Colin Bates blew a 1-0 lead in the top of the 6th on some small ball by Portland, including a sacrifice bunt to send Hunter Menesis to second and an RBI single by Ryan Dent to send him home. Following a two-run homer by Kevin Keyes that scored Cutter Dykstra in the bottom of the 6th, Bates gave up a two-RBI-double to Carson Blair in the next frame before he was asked to intentionally walk Stefan Welch. Meneses then singled off of new pitcher Tyler Herron to load up the bases before Harrisburg escaped with only minor damage on a sacrifice fly double play that scored Carson Blair but ended the inning with an 8-3-5-4 gundown of Welch at third. Robert Benincasa allowed Carson Blair to hit an insurance home run in the ninth.

Potomac 8 Lynchburg 1 — GAME ONE
• Bacus (W, 5-6) 6⅓ IP, 3H, R, ER, 2BB, 3K
• Davis ⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Severino 2-3, R, 2B, RBI
• Ballou 2-4, 2R, HR, 3RBI, SB
• Oduber 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI

Randolph Oduber grooved a two-run shot in the 1st, Isaac Ballou delivered the Earl Weaver special in the 2nd to give Potomac a 5-0 lead as they cruised to an 8-1 win in the opener. Dakota Bacus pitched into the 7th but couldn’t get the complete game shutout as Lynchburg got their only run after former National farmhand Justin Bloxom led off the 7th with a double and came around to score on another double by Will Skinner. Cody Davis took over from there and got the final two outs to finish the game.

Potomac 3 Lynchburg 0 — GAME TWO
• Turnbull 4IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Encarnacion (W, 3-4) 3IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Pleffner 3-4, 2-2B, RBI, CS
• Miller 2-3, R, RBI

With a 3-0 shutout in the nightcap, the Hillcats are Sniff’n’the Tears with their seventh straight loss while the P-Nats are in the driver’s seat with their sixth straight win. A resurgent Kylin Turnbull (2-0, 0.79 in August) spun four scoreless innings to start while Pedro Encarnacion completed the shutout with three blank frames to finish and earn his third win for Potomac. Shawn Pleffner singled once and doubled twice but saw his streak of eight straight steals snapped when Tyler Tewell caught him trying to steal third in the 3rd.
The twin losses dropped Lynchburg into third place while Wilmington won again to assume second place, trailing Potomac by 4½ games (five in the loss column). The Blue Rocks host the P-Nats next week for five games next Tuesday through Friday.

Hagerstown 5 Greensboro 2
• Pivetta (W, 13-8) 6⅔ IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 5K, HR
• Thomas (H, 3) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K,
• Dent 2-4, R, CS
• Bautista 2-5, R, SB, OF assist at HP
• Mesa 1-3, R, 2B, RBI, SB, HBP

Hagerstown pounced on the first Greensboro reliever for three runs in the 5th, added two more in the 6th and held on for 5-2 win. Nick Pivetta kept his one-game lead over A.J. Cole for the most wins in the Nats minors at 13. He gave up both Grasshopper runs on a two-run shot in the 7th, his fifth hit allowed over six and 2/3rds innings to go with one walk and five K’s. Leadoff man Rafael Bautista singled twice, stole his 66th base, and gunned down a runner at the plate in the 6th to lead the Suns nine-hit, five-walk attack.
Hagerstown now leads the Sally North by three games. Their magic number to clinch is nine with eleven games left to play.

Auburn 5 State College 4
• Bourque (W, 2-5) 5IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 4BB, 2K, 2WP
• Feliz 1⅔ (H, 2) 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Langlois 3-5, R, 2B, RBI, SB
• Page 1-2, R, 2BB, RBI
• Gunter 1-3, R, BB, RBI

Just four of 15 hits racked up by the Spikes made it home as the Doubledays staved off elimination with a 5-4 victory. James Bourque earned his second win with five innings of two-run ball, though he put on ten baserunners with six hits and four walks. John Feliz and Connor Bach both earned holds while Tyler Mapes earned his fourth save Chad Cordero-style by loading up the bases with three straight two-out singles in the 9th before getting third out on a flyball. Brian Langlois accounted for half of Auburn’s eight total bases with two singles and a double as he went 3-for-5 with an RBI.

GCL Marlins 9 GCL Nationals 6
• Baez (L, 1-2) 3IP, 3H, 5R, 0ER, BB, K
• Jauss 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Reetz 3-4, R, 2RBI, SF, SB
• Lora 1-3, R, 2B, BB, RBI
• Corredor 1-3, R, 2B, 2BB

The G-Marlins got five in the 1st and two in the 6th to build a 7-3 lead, holding off a late charge by the G-Nats for 9-6 win and hand
the Washington mainland rookie team their third straight loss. Joan Baez took the loss, charged with those first five runs, which were unearned thanks to three errors committed on the first four balls put in play. He finished with three hits allowed, one walk issued, and one strikeout over three innings. Eighteen-year-old Jakson Reetz led the offense with a 3-for-4 effort, including a run scored, two RBI, and a stolen base.

DSL Nationals 0 DSL Cardinals 0 — SUSP. (5 inn.)
• Lopez 4IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• A. Diaz 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Mota 2-2 IP, H, R, ER, BB, K
• Peguero 1-2

The rain halted a combined no-hit bid by the D-Nats after five innigs, the score remaining as it was when the game begun at 0-0. Presumably they’ll complete this, then play seven innings today.
Roster move: P Aaron Diaz assigned from Washington.

Aug 182014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-2 (10 inn.);
Won, 7-3
@ Rochester,
7:05 p.m.
McGregor (1-0, 3.46) vs.
Pino (9-2, 2.45)
Harrisburg Lost, 7-2 OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Won, 7-6 OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown Lost, 9-0 OFF DAY N/A
Auburn Lost, 4-1;
Lost, 7-4
ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
GCL Nationals OFF DAY vs. GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals OFF DAY vs. DSL Mariners,
10:30 a.m.
Acevedo (3-3, 3.56) vs.
Edw. Martinez (1-1, 2.13)


Syracuse 5 Rochester 2 (10 inn.) — GAME ONE
• Hill 5IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 1K
• Grace (W, 2-0) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 1-0 IR-S
• Martin (SV, 7) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Burriss 2-5, 2R, HR, 2RBI
• Laird 2-4, BB, RBI
• Moore 1-3, R, HR, RBI, 2BB

Syracuse outlasted Rochester 5-2 in a ten-inning opening to a doubleheader sweep. Emmanuel “I’m No Webster” Burriss started off the proceedings with a leadoff homer. After the RedWings tied it up in the 2nd, Tyler “Dare you to call me Mary!” Moore gave the lead back to the Chiefs with a solo blast of his own. ‘Cuse starter Taylor Hill had to settle for a no-decision when he gave up a homer to Chris “Back, back, back!” Herrmann. Daniel Stange, Xavier “Y-Man” Cedeno, and Aaron Barrett held down Rochester before winner Matt “Savin” Grace entered to pitch one and a 1/3rd perfect innings. In the top of the 10th, the Chiefs poured three runs of offense onto loser Mark Hamburger who was “well-done” in by an Emmanuel Burriss single that scored Sandy Leon and Josh Johnson with the help of a missed catch error by catcher Dan “ROFL” Rohlfing at the plate. Rafael Martin still has yet to allow an earned run for Syracuse and recorded his seventh save with a scoreless 10th.

Syracuse 7 Rochester 3 — GAME TWO
• Laffey 3IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 5K
• Lively (W, 3-2) 2IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K
• Perez 2-4, R, 2RBI
• Leon 1-3, HR, 4RBI
• Kobernus 1-3, 2B, BB

Syracuse quickly dismissed the demoralized Red Wings 7-3 in game two. The Chiefs jumped out to a six-run cushion in the 1st inning when they sent nine men to the plate. Eury Perez singled in Emmanuel Burriss, and Josh Johnson accepted a generous two-out bases loaded walk before Sandy Leon put this one away with a grand slam. Rochester did edge closer with a picket fence of single runs in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th, but Eury Perez tacked on an insurance run with a bases-loaded single. Laffey was pulled after laboring through 80 pitches in three innings so Mitch “Steppin’” Lively earned the win with two innings of one-run ball. Manny “No Harmin’” Delcarmen finished matters with a scoreless 6th and 7th.

New Britain 7 Harrisburg 2
• Kroenke (L, 2-7) 5IP, 9H, 2R, 2ER, BB, K, HR
• Bates 2IP, 4H, 5R, 3ER, BB, 0K
• Leonida 2-4, R, 2-2B
• Sanchez 1-4, 2B

Following yesterday’s “March to the Scaffold”, the Senators played a “Requiem” of a game in their 7-2 loss to the New Britain Rock Cats. All starter and loser Zach Kroenke gave up in five innings was an Eddie “Not Easy To You” Rosario two-run homer in the 3rd inning. A five-run bullpen implosion by Colin Bates in the 7th turned this one into a laugher. He had help by a fielding error by Jason Martinson, but Bates alone is responsible for the three-run triple he gave up to Corey Wimberly with one out. Four of Harrisburg’s five hits were doubles, though Harrisburg’s two cosmetic runs in the 8th were unearned due to an error from third basemen Stephen “Through The” Wickens.

Potomac 7 Carolina 6
• Swynenberg 4IP, 4H, 3R, 2ER, 2BB, K
• Davis (W, 2-0) 2⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 3K
• Renda 2-5, R, RBI
• Norfork 2-4, 2R, SB
• Miller 1-2, R, 2BB

The P-Nats completed their third straight sweep of the Mudcats Last Night In Woodbridge

Lakewood 9 Hagerstown 0
• Ott 1⅓ IP, 5H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 0K, 0HR, HBP
• Lee 2IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Kieboom 2-3
• Middleton 2-3

Travis Ott was rudely introduced to the South Atlantic League by the Lakewood Blue Claws. Mr. Ott escaped harm in the 1st after the first two batters reached on a single and a walk when he induced an inning-ending double play by Zach “Not So Mean!” Green. Lakewood sent 13 men to the plate in the 2nd. Ott allowed two singles, a hit by pitch, a sac fly, another single, and a double before Hagerstown manager Patrick Anderson mercifully called on Ryan Ullmann for bullpen assistance. Ullman gave up three runs of his own, although only one of them was earned thanks to an error by shortstop Wilmer Difo. The closest Hagerstown came to scoring were men on first and third with two outs in the 6th before Drew Ward flied out to Larry “On the Scene” Greene in left.
Roster move: RHP Andrew Cooper placed on the 7-Day DL, making room for Ott.

State College 4 Auburn 1 — GAME ONE
• A. Martinez (L, 1-2) 4IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 2K, 2HR
• Bach 2IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 2K
• Marmolejos-Diaz 3-4, 2B
• Gunter 2-3, HR, RBI

State College picked up where they left off on Friday night, scoring four times in the first three innings as they took Game One from Auburn, 4-1. Anderson Martinez was taken deep twice — a solo shot in the 1st, a two-run homer in the 2nd — and gave up all four Spikes runs on five hits and two walks while striking out two over four innings. Cody Gunter broke up the shutout with a big fly in the 6th while “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz accounted for a third of the nine Doubledays hits with a two singles and a double.

State College 7 Auburn 4 — GAME TWO
• Torres 3IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 0K
• McDowell (L, 1-2) 1IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 0K, WP
• Carey 2-3, R, 2RBI
• Eusebio 2-3

The two days off afforded by the NYPL’s All-Star break couldn’t come at a better time as the Doubledays were dropped in the nightcap, 7-4 for their sixth straight loss. For a brief moment, after the four-run 4th tat put them up 4-2, Auburn appeared poised to stop that slide. A two-run 5th erased that lead while a three-run 7th put the nail in the coffin.

GCL Nationals — OFF DAY
The G-Nats are still one good week or one bad week away from defending their division title or packing up for the fall. Only problem is there’s just two weeks left in the season. This week, it’s two home against the G-Marlins, one home versus the G-Mets and vice-versa for away games.

DSL Nationals — OFF DAY
The D-Nats took five of six in their penultimate week but with just six playoff spots between 36 teams and uneven divisions, the DSL postseason isn’t necessarily the six best teams in the league (e.g. The D-Nats would be a game up in the Boca Chica Northwest). Barring a collapse, the D-Nats will win 40+ games for the first time since Smileygate as they close out 2014 against the D-Mariners, D-Cards, and D-Orioles2.

Aug 172014
 

Rain for NPP 2

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Postponed @ Rochester,
4:05 p.m.
Hill (10-6, 2.94) and
Laffey (12-4, 3.29) vs.
Darnell (6-5, 3.30) and
Gilmartin (2-3, 3.60)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-1;
Lost, 9-0
@ New Britain,
1:35 p.m.
Kroenke (2-6, 6.71) vs.
Wheeler (3-4, 3.36)
Potomac Won, 2-1 vs. Carolina,
6:05 p.m.
Swynenberg (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Sulser (4-11, 5.30)
Hagerstown Won, 4-2 @ Lakewood,
5:05 p.m.
Ott (Low-A Debut) vs.
Prosinski (4-5)
Auburn Postponed vs. State College,
1:05 p.m.
A. Martinez (1-1, 3.65) and
Torres (1-1, 1.82) vs.
Nielsen (3-2, 2.43) and
Baez (2-1, 2.94)
GCL Nationals Postponed OFF DAY N/A
DSL Nationals Won, 19-4 OFF DAY N/A


Syracuse vs. Rochester — PPD
The Chiefs, winners of four straight, were stopped by the rain on Saturday night. They’ll try to make it up with two-fer twilight this afternoon at 4:05 p.m.

New Britain 5 Harrisburg 1 — GAME ONE
• Simms (L, 2-5) 6IP, 9H, 5R, 5ER, 0BB, 5K, 2HR
• Latimore 1-1, R, 2B, 2BB
• Ramsey 1-2, 2B

The Harrisburg Senators “March to the Scaffold” of the offseason continued in a 5-1 loss in the first game in a doubleheader sweep at the hands of the New Britain Rockcats. The Senator from Texas, John Simms, lost his shutout in the second when Reynaldo “Hey Hey” Rodriguez hit a two run homer. His problems grew when Nate Hanson hit an RBI single in the 3rd. Mr. Rodriguez added insult to injury with a solo shot in the 4th. In the 6th, Mr. Rodriguez failed to hit the ball over the wall and settled for an RBI double that scored Stephen “Sticky” Wickens. Quincy “The Dude” Latimore broke up the shutout when he walked to lead off the 5th and later scored on Cutter “Future Soprano” Dykstra’s sacrifice fly. While Mr. Simms lost for the fifth time at AA, he did successfully filibuster his way to a complete game that saved the ‘pen.

New Britain 9 Harrisburg 0 — GAME TWO
• Dupra (L, 1-6) 2IP, 2H, 4R, 2ER, 3BB, 3K, HR
• Runion 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 2-0 IR-S
• Zero hits, zero walks, two K’s
• 69 pitches by Vasquez, 44 for strikes

Congratulations to any New Britain fans who attended the RockCats 9-0 seven inning no-hit victory over Harrisburg. Only Jorge Polanco’s error at short on a Kevin Keyes routine ground ball prevented a perfect game. Reynaldo Rodriguez’s big night continued when he hit another two-run homer in the bottom of the 2nd and scored Mike “Not the Nat” Gonzales. The Senators then began their “Reign of Error” when Tony Thomas reached on a throwing error by Adrian Sanchez, and Stephen Wickens reached on a throwing error by Jason Martinson in the very next at bat. Both runners scored on Eddie Rosario’s two-out single before flustered starter and loser Brian Dupra hit Nate “MMMMstop” Hanson before striking out Mike Gonzales to end the sadness.

Potomac 2 Carolina 1
• Dickson (W, 4-8) 8IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 8K, HBP, WP
• Walsh (H, 1) ⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, K
• Mendez (S, 11) ⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Ballou 2-4, SB
• Oduber 2-4
• Severino 1-3, R, HR, RBI

Ian Dickson one-hit the Mudcats for eight innings while the Potomac bullpen walked the high wire in the 9th for a 2-1 win. Dickson allowed just a single to right with two out in the 2nd. Oddly enough his other three baserunners allowed all got there to lead off the inning as he hit Alex Monsalve in the 2nd, walked Jerrud Sabourin (4th), and walked LeVon Washington (5th). None of them made it to third base. Offensively, the P-Nats got a solo HR from Pedro Severino in the 3rd and got a break when Washington botched Estarlin Martinez’s two-out single in the 4th, which let Khayyan Norfolk, who had gotten on with a walk, score from first bsae. Despite having thrown less than 100 pitches, Dickson did not come out to pitch the 9th and watched Jake Walsh give up a run on a triple and a single sandwiched between a strikeout and a ground out. With the tying run on first and a pinch-runner inserted for an extra boost of speed, Manager Tripp Keister responded by lifting the southpaw for the righthanded Gilberto Mendez to face the righthanded Carolina first baseman Joe Sever. Mendez got the whiff to end it and earn his 11th save.
Combined with another Lynchburg loss, Potomac’s lead is now back to two games, four in the loss column. Presuming the rained-out Salem games will not be made up, the magic number to clinch both halves will be 15.

Hagerstown 4 Lakewood 2
• Giolito (W, 10-2) 5IP, 7H, R, ER, 0BB, 5K
• Johansen (H, 3) 3IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, K, WP
• Napoli (SV, 5) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Bautista 2-3, 2R, BB, SB(65)
• Yezzo 2-3, BB, RBI
• Difo 2-4, R

Lucas “Twinkletoes” Giolito allowed his enemies from the Lakewood Blueclaws one measly run on a Dylan “Dozens” Cozens RBI in the single in the 1st before continuing to lay waste to the poor batters of the South Atlantic League in the Hagerstown Suns’ 4-2 win. After admiring a scoreless 2nd and 3rd inning of work, Giolito’s teammate Rafael “I Gotcha” Batista engineered a run with a bunt single, stolen base, and scored on James “Mellow” Yezzo’s single. In the 6th, Spencer dropped the “Kieboom” when he hit a bases-loaded single to score Batista and Wilmer “Almost a Flintstone” Difo and give the Suns the 3-1 lead they would carry to victory. Jake “Don’t Break” Johansen only slightly self-destructed when his wild pitch contributed to a Lakewood run after he replaced Giolito in the 6th. Carlos Lopez provided some valuable insurance with his RBI single in the top of the 9th. Hagerstown wouldn’t need that insurance as David “Never Mike” Napoli hurled a perfect 9th for his fifth save.
Jeremy Houghtaling of the Auburn Citizen has reported that Travis Ott will be promoted from Auburn. Houghtaling previously reported the moves of Matt Swynenberg and John Feliz days before they were officially listed on MiLB.com

State College vs. Auburn — PPD
The rain that washed out the game in Rochester made its way to Auburn and will force a doubleheader this afternoon, weather permitting.

GCL Nationals vs. GCL Cardinals — PPD
The rain that shortened Friday’s game also washed out Saturday’s, creating a doubleheader on the 27th.
Roster moves: RHP Franklyn Lopez reassigned from the DSL Nationals.

DSL Nationals 3 DSL Mets1 2 (10 inn.)
• M. Pena 5IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 0K
• Vargas (W, 1-1) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Vilorio 3-4, R, OF assists at HP, 1B
• Agustin 1-3, R, 2B, BB, SB

A single, wild pitch, an error, and another single gave the D-Nats a walkoff 3-2 win in extras against the D-Mets1. The rally made a winner out of Miguel Vargas for the first time as a pro, as the 19-y.o. Venezuelan pitched a scoreless 9th and 10th innings with two hits allowed, no walks, and one whiff. Malvin Pena started and let in both D-Mets1 runs on six hits and a walk over five innings. Luis Vilorio got a break from squatting behind the plate with a start in left field and threw out two baserunners while leading the D-Nats offense with a 3-for-4 game. He began the aforementioned rally with a one-out hit and scored on Victor Robles’s subsequent safety.
Despite their fourth straight win — #39, surpassing last year’s total of 38 — the D-Nats were eliminated from the Boca Chica South division race.

Aug 162014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 6-4 @ Rochester,
7:15 p.m.
Hill (10-6, 2.94) vs.
Darnell (6-5, 3.30)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-1 @ New Britain,
6:05 p.m.
Simms (2-4, 4.04) and
Dupra (1-5, 5.73) vs.
Berrios (1-3, 4.18) and
Vasquez (5-6, 4.41)
Potomac Won, 6-5 vs. Carolina,
6:35 p.m.
Dickson (3-8, 5.16) vs.
Brown (2-6, 4.57)
Hagerstown Lost, 6-4 @ Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Giolito (9-2, 2.23) vs.
Viza (3-15, 5.15)
Auburn Lost, 8-1 vs. State College,
7:05 p.m.
A. Martinez (1-1, 3.65) vs.
Nielsen (3-2, 2.43)
GCL Nationals Won, 7-5 (7 inn.) vs. GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 19-4 vs. DSL Mets1,
10:30 a.m.
M. Pena (W, 1-1, 5.84) vs.
R. Rodriguez (0-2, 4.41)


Syracuse 6 Rochester 4
• Cole (W, 5-0) 5IP, 9H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 3K, 2HR
• Lively (H, 1) 1⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Perez 3-4, 2B, CS
• Kobernus 2-5, R, HR, 3RBI
• Laird 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI

A.J. Cole labored through five innings in the Syracuse Chiefs’ 6-4 win over the Rochester Red Wings. Two batters in, Jeff Kobernus and Emmanuel Burriss scored when Kobernus hit his second AAA homer of the season. A Tyler Moore walk, a Eury Perez double, and a Jhonatan “Yellow Onion” Solano RBI groundout put the Chiefs up 3-0. Rochester closed the gap to 3-1 on a Pedro Florimon RBI triple in the 2nd before taking a 4-3 lead on a double and back-to-back homers in the 3rd. Brandon Laird’s two-out, two-run homer capped off a three-run rally in the 5th that gave the Chiefs all the runs they would need. Mitch “Steppin’” Lively, Matt “Savin’” Grace, Manny “No Harmin’” Delcarmen, and Rafael Martin combined for four shutout innings of relief. Mr. Martin still has yet to allow an earned run in twenty-six AAA innings. He recorded his sixth save.

New Britain 5 Harrisburg 1
• J. Simmons (L, 2-4) 4IP, 6H, 5R, 3ER, 4BB, 3K
• Holland 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Vettleson 2-4, R, HR, RBI
• Ramsey 1-3, BB, OF assist at HP, 0K <-- only one in lineup
• 17 batting K’s, 13 LOB, 2-for-11 RISP

The New Britain Rock Cats jumped out to a four-run 1st inning lead in their 5-1 victory over Harrisburg. Somehow, Harrisburg banged out thirteen hits yet managed to score just once. An Adrian Sanchez error at short allowed New Britain’s first batter of the game to reach base safely. After a double, a walk, and two singles scored three runs, a double steal by Reynaldo Ramirez, who stole home, and partner-in-crime Jorge Polanco scored the Rock Cats’ fourth run of the inning. New Britain got more help from the generous Senators when Kevin Keyes missed a catch at first with one out in the 3rd that contributed to an unearned run. Only a two-out solo shot by Drew Vettleson prevented this one from being a whitewash.

Potomac 6 Carolina 5
• Spann 4IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 4K, HR
• Turnbull (W, 2-3) 2IP, 4H, 2R, ER, BB, 2K
• Pleffner 2-3, R, 2B, BB, 2RBI
• Wooten 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI

Carolina was the cure to end a four-game slide Last Night In Woodbridge.

Lakewood 6 Hagerstown 4
• Suero (L, 3-1) 5IP, 12H, 5R, 4ER, BB, 4K
• Thomas 3IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 4K
• Bautista 3-5, R, SB
• Mesa 2-4, RBI, SB(20)

Wander Suero had his first tough outing for Hagerstown this season in the Suns’ 6-4 loss to the Lakewood Blueclaws. Wilman Rodriguez doubled in Carlos Lopez and Drew Ward to give the Suns a brief 2-0 lead in the topf of 2nd, but Suero allowed six singles and four runs in the bottom of the inning. Hagerstown answered back with a single, a double and two singles to load the bases with nobody out and the score now 4-3. Following a Drew Ward strikeout, Hagerstown essentially blew the game when Narciso “Oh no!” Mesa was thrown out at third by Aaron “Gunned You Down” Brown to make the third out of the inning. Andrew “Clap, Clap!” Knapp doubled and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Mitch “Not Balding” Walding that gave Lakewood the lead for good. Following a 6th-inning insurance run for Lakewood on three more singles off reliever Justin Thomas, Nick Rodesky ended this ill-fated night with a Rafael Bautista double play to record his first save in his first outing for Lakewood.

State College 8 Auburn 1
• Dickey 5IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Sanchez (BS, 3; L, 5-1) 1⅓ IP, 4H, 6R, 6ER, 2BB, 2K
• Hood 1-1, 2B, BB, RBI
• Read 1-3

You can feel good about Hood but that’s about it as State College pummeled Auburn, 8-1 in the series opener. Destin Hood doubled with two outs in the 3rd to break up both the no-hitter and the shutout. He would later walk to account for half of the four (4) Doubleday baserunners (two hits, two walks). Robbie Dickey and Daniel Poncedeleon did some cop swapping (traded donuts) for five innings, with John Feliz making his NYPL debut with a scoreless 6th. The wheels came off the bus in the Spikes’ 8th as they sent 11 men to the plate and scored eight times with one out off Mario Sanchez and Tyler Mapes.
Roster moves: OF Destin Hood assigned from Syracuse for minor-league rehab.

GCL Nationals 7 GCL Cardinals 5 (7 inn.)
• Mills 4IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 0K, WP, HBP
• Valerio (W, 3-0) 3IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 2K
• Reetz 2-4, 2R, 2-2B, 2RBI
• Keniry 1-2, 2R, BB, SB
• R. Encarnacion 1-4, R, HR, 3RBI

The G-Nats scored three in both the 3rd and 5th innings to stop a three-game slide with a 7-5 win over the G-Cards. Maximo Valerio got the win in relief of McKenzie Mills, who was knocked around for three runs over four inninfs on four hits and two walks. Randy Encarnaction smacked a three-run shot to dig the G-Nats out of a 3-1 hole. Jackson Reetz doubled twice to match him in the total-base count as the G-Nats got seven runs on just seven hits and four walks.

DSL Nationals 19 DSL Mets1 4
• Bermudez 4IP, 3H, 2R, ER, 2BB, 3K
• Lopez (W, 1-0) 3IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 5K
• Agustin 4-5, 3R, 2-3B, 4RBI, BB,
• Jo. Ramirez 4-6, 3R, 3B, 2RBI
• Vilorio 3-5, 3R, 2B

The D-Nats left just four runners on base in an 19-4 obliteration of the D-Mets1. Telmito Agustin led the 20-hit parade with a walk, two singles, and two triples as eight of nine starters hit safely and reached base multiple times. Juan Bermudez “Shorts” started and went four innings, letting in two runs (one earned) on three hits and two walks. Franklyn Lopez got the win in relief with three scoreless innings with one hit and one walk allowed.

Aug 152014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 2-1 @ Rochester,
7:15 p.m.
Cole (6-3, 2.92) vs.
K. Johnon (9-6, 3.28)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-2 @ New Britain,
7:00 p.m.
Simmons (2-3, 5.85) vs.
Rogers (8-6, 3.79)
Potomac Lost, 2-1;
Lost, 3-1
vs. Carolina,
7:05 p.m.
Spann (8-5, 4.33) vs.
Clevinger (0-0, 9.00)
Hagerstown Lost, 8-0 @ Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Suero (3-0, 1.67) vs.
Imhof (0-1, 3.00)
Auburn Lost, 3-1 vs. State College,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs. Poncedeleon (1-3, 3.49)
GCL Nationals Lost, 11-0 @ GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 12-8 @ DSL Mets1,
10:30 a.m.
Bermudez (4-5, 2.09) vs.
Merilan (1-2, 3.10)


Syracuse 2 Charlotte 1
• Treinen 7IP, 6H, R, ER, 0BB, 6K
• Cedeno 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Barrett (W, 1-0) ⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Johnson 3-4, 3B
• Kobernus 2-4, 2-2B, BB, RBI

Tyler Moore silenced his critics with a walkoff solo HR in Syracuse’s 2-1 victory last night over the Charlotte Knights. While Moore earned his celebration at home plate, Washington National Blake Treinen did the heavy lifting in a tough-luck no-decision. Treinen did not allow a man past second base until the 7th inning when he gave up a sacrifice fly to Michael BIZARRO BATMAN Taylor that tied the score at 1-1. Xavier Cedeno struck out three in a dominant one and a third innings before Syracuse manager Billy “Slicker Than Willy” Gardner shrewdly played matchups and brought in Washington National Aaron Barrett for the final two outs. Mr. Barrett may have cheered the loudest for Moore’s leadoff ninth inning walkoff because it saved him from having to pitch the tenth and gave him the win.

Reading 5 Harrisburg 2
• Rivero (L, 1-6) 3IP, 4H, 5R, 5ER, 3BB, 2K, HR
• Bates 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Latimore 1-3, BB
• Vettleson 1-3, BB, OF assist at 3B

The Harrisburg Senators did not grace the grounds of Metro Bank Park with much major-league quality talent yesterday in a 5-2 loss to the Reading Fightin’ Phils that wasn’t even that close. None of the professional baseball players for the Senators recorded more than one hit against Severino Gonzalez, a AA journeyman with a 4.93 ERA who they made look like the second coming of Pedro Martinez. Senators starter and loser Felipe Rivero gave up four runs in the first on two doubles, three walks, and a single. Only an outfield assist from centerfielder Drew Vettleson to end the inning prevented further disaster. Reading’s KC Serna tried to hit a baseball to his favorite city in the second, had to settle for clearing the outfield wall with a solo shot. Down 5-0, the Senators put a little bit of lipstick on the pig with a 7th-inning RBI double from Rick Hague and a Brian Jeroloman RBI groundout to score Jason Martinson. Kyle “I Ain’t Rhymin’” Simon pitched two scoreless innings for his second save. With the loss, the Senators were eliminated from the Western Division race.

Salem 2 Potomac 1 — GAME ONE
• Rauh (L, 2-2) 6⅓ IP, 4H, 2R, 0ER, 0BB, 7K
• Walsh ⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K, 2-2 IR-s
• Renda 1-2, BB
• Miller 1-3, 2B, RBI

An error on a drag bunt with one out in the top of the 7th led to both Salem runs. Khayyan Norfolk singled with two outs in the bottom of the 7th and came around to score on a Brandon Miller RBI double, but the tying run was left at second as Pedro Severino lined out to third to end it, and drop the opener, 2-1. Brian Rauh took the loss despite pitching into the 7th for the first time this season while fanning a season-high of seven.

Salem 3 Potomac 1 — GAME TWO
• Encarnacion (L, 2-4) 3⅔ IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, BB, K, HR
• Harper 2⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 4K
• Norfork 1-2, BB
• Renda 1-4, R, 2B

Potomac got an unearned run in the bottom of the 1st but that was it as the Red Sox chipped away and swept both the doubleheader and the series with a 3-1 win in the nightcap. Pedro Encarnacion started and allowed all three runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out one. The P-Nats were held to just five hits and left eight men on.
Roster moves: RHP Matt Swynenberg reassigned from Hagerstown, RHP Richie Mirowski placed on the 7-Day DL.

Lakewood 8 Hagerstown 0 (6 inn.)
• Pivetta (L, 12-8) 5IP, 9H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 4K, HR
• Lee ⅓ IP, 2H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 1K
• Difo 1-2, BB
• Ward 1-3

Rain mercifully ended this one early as the BlueClaws eclipsed the Suns, 8-0 in six innings. Nick Pivetta gave up a pair of runs in the 1st and 2nd innings but gutted out five innings total. He was pinched for nine hits, including a two-run HR, and struck out four while suffering his eighth loss. Nick Lee returned from Florida but retired just one of seven batters faced as Lakewood scored four times in the 6th. Ranfi Casimiro, who had lost four of his five previous starts against Hagerstown, finally got the best of them with just two hits (Wilmer Difo, Drew Ward) allowed over six shutout innings.
Roster moves: LHP Nick Lee transferred from GCL Nationals.

Jamestown 3 Auburn 1 — GAME ONE
• M. Rodriguez 4IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 4K, HBP
• Bourque (L, 1-5) 2IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 0K
• Davidson 2-3, 2B, RBI
• Langlois 1-3, R

James Bourque was juiced for three runs in his first inning of relief by the Jammers in a 3-1 loss in Game One. Manny Rodriguez tossed four scoreless innings, giving up one hit and hitting a batter while striking out four in his first NYPL start since 2011. The Doubledays drew first blood with a run in the top of the 1st as Brian Langlois singled and scored on an Austin Davidson double. Auburn outhit Jamestown 5-4 but struck out 11 times in seven innings.

Jamestown 4 Auburn 3 — GAME TWO
• A. Williams (L, 2-3) 3IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 2K
• Van Orden 3IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 2BB, 4K
• Medina 3-3, R, SB
• Bacak 1-2, 2RBI

Auburn scored three times with two out in the 7th and got the tying run to third but fell short, 4-3. Austen Williams took the loss, giving up the first three Jamestown runs on four hits and a walk over the first three innings. Drew Van Orden pitched the next three, and let in an unearned run in the 6th that proved to be the difference. Willie Medina went 3-for-3 with a stolen base to lead Doubleday attack of eight hits (seven singles, a Bryan Mejia double).

GCL Cardinals 11 GCL Nationals 0
• Baez (L, 1-1) 4IP, 6H, 4R, 3ER, BB, 2K, HR, 2WP
• Mancini (L, 0-1) 2IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 3K
• Gutierrez 1-2, 2BB
• Rosario 1-3, 2B

The hopes of making the playoffs, never mind defending the 2013 GCL Championship, were dimmed with an 11-0 shutout as the G-Cards handed the G-Nats their third straight loss. Joan Baez’s second start in the GCL was much rougher as the G-Cards manhandled him for four runs on six hits and a walk over four innings. Offensively, the G-Nats were AWOL with just two singles, a double, and three walks drawn. Roster move: RHP Erick Fedde placed on the 60-Day DL retroactive to August 8.

DSL Nationals 12 DSL Yankees1 8
• Fuentes 3IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 4K
• Y. Ramirez (W, 2-0) 3IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K, WP
• Vilorio 3-4, 2R, BB
• Rengel 2-4, R, 2B, BB, 3RBI
• Mota 2-5, R, 2B, HR, 2RBI

The D-Nats put a hurt on the D-Yankees1 with a five-run 3rd and a four-run 5th and held off a late charge for a 12-8 win. Steven Fuentes started but was lifted after three subpar frames with two runs given up on three hits and two walks. The win went to Yonathan Ramirez with three innings of one-run ball. The D-Nats pounded out 12 hits, led by Luis Vilorio who reached base four times with three singles and a walk.

Aug 142014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 8-6 vs. Louisville,
7:00 p.m.
Treinen (8-1, 3.13) vs.
Beck (6-10, 3.42)
Harrisburg Lost, 8-4;
Won, 9-6
vs. Reading,
7:00 p.m.
Rivero (1-5, 3.60) vs.
S. Gonzalez (7-12, 5.05)
Potomac Lost, 6-3;
Lost, 9-6
vs. Salem,
5:00 p.m.
Rauh (2-1, 4.53) and
Encarnacion (2-3, 4.56) vs.
Mercedes (2-9, 5.64) and
Quevedo (0-0, 0.00)
Hagerstown Won, 2-1 (10 inn.);
Won, 6-2
@ Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Pivetta (12-7, 4.15) vs.
Casimiro (4-9, 5.21)
Auburn Postponed @ Jamestown,
5:05 p.m.
Bourque (1-4, 3.81) and
A. Williams (2-2, 5.61) vs.
Duncan (2-2, 3.45) and
DuRupau (1-2, 2.85)
GCL Nationals Lost, 4-0 vs. GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 5-0 vs. DSL Yankees1,
10:30 a.m.
Fuentes (2-3, 2.09) vs.
Gomez (3-3, 1.99)


Syracuse 8 Charlotte 6
• McGregor (W, 1-0) 7IP, 8H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 5K
• Martin (SV, 5) 1IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Burriss 2-5, R, 2B, 3B, RBI
• E. Perez 3-4, 2R, 2B, 3B, RBI

Syracuse’s offense outlasted the Charlotte Knights in an 8-6 victory last night. Emmanuel “Bigger than Webster” led off the Chiefs onslaught with a double, advanced on a wild pitch by former Chiefs’ farmhand Chien-Ming “Ain’t No Thing” Wang, and scored on a Brandon Laird RBI groundout. After the Knights countered with two runs in starter and winner Scott McGregor’s toughest inning, Syracuse immediately took the lead for good in the bottom of the 2nd with consecutive singles by Will “Ain’t No Busta” Rhymes, Eury Perez, and Greg “Hobbit” Dobbs followed by back to back RBI groundouts. After a Eury Perez triple, Syracuse scored two more in the 4th. The Chiefs would need the insurance runs that they scored in the 5th and 6th because Ryan Mattheus’ alarming season continued with a three-run homer by Matt Davidson. Thankfully, Rafael Martin emerged unscathed and maintained his perfect ERA despite allowing two hits while earning his fifth save.

Reading 8 Harrisburg 4 — GAME ONE
• Kroenke (L, 2-6) 4IP, 7H, 8R, 4ER, 3BB, 5K, HR, WP
• Dupra 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, HBP
• Martinson 2-4, R, BB, HR, RBI
• Vettleson 1-2, R, HR, RBI

The Harrisburg Senators won Home Run Derby 4-1 versus the Reading Fightin’ Phils but lost the actual game 8-6. Starter and loser Zach Kroenke gave up two runs in the 1st on a walk and three singles. Quincy “The Dude” Latimore countered with a solo home run. Harrisburg then ignited the home crowd with back-to-back home runs by Jason Martinson and Drew Vettleson in the 2nd. Ric Flair shouted “WOO!” for a strikeout of Aaron “Not There!” Altherr during the happy scoreless 3rd. In the 4th, Harrisburg gave up six runs. Following a Kevin “Not Alica’s Bro” Keyes fielding error on a squeeze bunt by Aaron “Jambalaya” Nola that scored a run, five additional runs would score including two on triple by Kelly Dugan and two homer by Jake “Don’t Call Me Crazy” Fox. Matt Skole eased the pain slightly with a solo shot in the 5th off reliever and winner Seth “Bag” Rosin.

Harrisburg 9 Reading 6 — GAME TWO
• Kroenke (L, 2-6) 4IP, 7H, 8R, 4ER, 3BB, 5K, HR, WP
• Dupra 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, HBP
• Martinson 2-4, R, BB, HR, RBI
• Vettleson 1-2, R, HR, RBI

The Harrisburg Senators made a case for reelection in 2015 with a dramatic come-from-behind 9-6 win in Game Two. Aaron “Right Herr” Altherr made Ric Flair shout “BOO!” instead of “WOO!” with a three-run homer to left that gave Reading a 4-0 lead after the 1st half inning. Undaunted Matt Skole answered with a three-run clout for his eleventh homer of the year. A KC “Not Me” Serna fielding error at short ignited a six-run rally in which ten Senators addressed the floor in the bottom of the 6th. Robert Benincasa was pulled after a disastrous start to the 7th before Tyler Herron recorded the final two outs without incident in his fifth save.
Roster move: RHP Austin Voth placed on the 7-Day DL.

Salem 6 Potomac 3 — GAME ONE
• Silvestre (L, 1-1) 5IP, 7H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 7K, 2HR
• Henke 2IP, 1H, R, ER, 0BB, K, HR
• Renda 2-4, 2B, RBI
• Severino 2-3, R, 2B

The Red Sox showed no signs of a layoff, the P-Nats barely showed signs of life in a 6-3 loss in the opener. Salem smacked three homers and scored in five of seven innings, collecting eight hits total. The P-Nats posted a picket fence with a single runs in the final three at-bats and matched Salem’s hit total, but went 2-for-12 with RISP.

Salem 9 Potomac 6 — GAME TWO
• Bacus 4IP, 8H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 4K
• Turnbull 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Mendez (BS, 2; L, 6-4) 1IP, 5H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 2K
• S. Perez 2-3, 3R, BB, HR, RBI
• Norfolk 2-3, R, 2B, RBI
• E. Martinez 2-4, R

Potomac fell behind 4-1 midway through, rallied in three straight “ups” to take a 5-4 lead after six, then collapsed in the 7th to lose the nightcap, 9-6. Gilberto Mendez blew his second save and lost for the fourth time with five runs let in on five hits (no homers) and a walk. Stephen Perez (single, HR), Khayyan Norfork (single, double) and Estarlin Martinez (two singles) each had multiple hits as the P-Nats registered 11 total.

Hagerstown 2 Delmarva 1 (10 inn.) — GAME ONE
• R. Lopez 6IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Johns (BS, 2) 2IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K, HBP, WP
• Napoli (W, 2-0) 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Ward 2-3
• Bautista 2-5, R, 2B

The Suns ‘pen blew another save, but a Wilman Rodriguez homer bailed them out to take the first game, 2-1 in 10 innings. Reynaldo Lopez tossed six shutout frames, giving up just two hits while striking out five. Samuel Johns was charged with the blown save for giving up the equalizer in the last of the 7th while David got the win with two scoreless innings in the 9th and 10th.

Hagerstown 6 Delmarva 2 — GAME TWO
• Swynenberg 4IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Valdez (W, 1-0) 1⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, 3K, HR
• Difo 3-4, R, 2RBI, SB
• Ward 2-4, 2RBI
• Bautista 1-3, 2R

Hagerstown dropped Jeffersons in the first three frames en route a 6-2 win in the second game. Matt Swynenberg gave up just a hit and a walk over four scoreless in his first 2014 start. Phillips Valdez was credited with win in relief. Wilmer Difo went 3-for-4 with a run scored, two RBI and a stolen base to lead the offense.

Auburn vs. Jamestown — PPD
More rain spared us another doubleheader to write up reduced the three-game series between the Jammers and the Doubledays to two. They’ll try again tonight in the final meeting between the two teams.

GCL Mets 4 GCL Nationals 0
• Reyes 5IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 6K
• Mancini (L, 0-1) 2IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 3K
• Tillero 1-4
• Reetz 1-4, 2B, 3K

The G-Mets broke up a 0-0 tie with two in the 6th and got two more in the 8th as they shut out the G-Nats, 4-0. Starter Luis Reyes matched his counterpart Jose Celas with five innings of no-run, one-hit ball. Domenick Mancini was knocked around for two over two innings to suffer the loss. The G-Nats were held to just two hits by Jorge Tillero (single) and Jakson Reetz (double).

DSL Nationals 5 DSL Yankees1 0
• W. Pena (W, 4-4) 5IP, 1H, 0R, 3BB, 3K, 2HBP
• Cespedes (SV, 9) 1 ⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K, 3-0 IR-S
• Rojas 3-3, R, 3B, BB
• A. Martinez 3-4, R, RBI

The D-Nats pounded out 13 hits while four pitchers combined on a three-hit, 5-0 shutout of the D-Yankees1. Dany Rojas led the onslaught with two singles, a triple, and a walk. Wilber Pena evened up his won-loss mark at 4-4 with five scoreless innings, though he put on six runners with three walks, two hit batsmen, and a single in the 2nd. Angher Cespedes qualified for the save at the barest minimum. He came on with one out in the 8th and the bases loaded and left the tying run on deck with a strikeout and a groundout to preserve the 5-0 lead, then pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

Aug 122014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 9-3 vs. Louisville,
7:00 p.m.
Laffey (11-4, 3.20) vs.
E. Johnson (5-6, 6.29)
Harrisburg OFF DAY vs. Reading,
7:00 p.m.
Kroenke (2-5, 6.56) vs.
Nola (1-0, 1.80)
Potomac OFF DAY vs. Salem,
5:00 p.m.
TBD and TBD vs.
TBD and TBD
Hagerstown Won, 13-7 @ Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Swynenberg (1st Low-A start of ’14)
vs. Horacek (5-10, 3.98)
Auburn Lost, 6-2 @ Jamestown,
7:05 p.m.
Bourque (1-4, 3.81) vs.
Duncan (2-2, 3.45)
GCL Nationals Won, 3-0 (6 inn.) @ GCL Mets,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 3-1 @ DSL Rockies,
10:30 a.m.
Acevedo (3-3, 3.91) vs.
Oviedo (3-2, 2.54)


Charlotte 9 Syracuse 3
• Hill (L, 10-6) 4+ IP, 8H, 7R, 7ER, 2BB, K, 3HBP
• Stange 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 3-3 IR-S
• Rhymes 2-4, R, 2B, HR, 3RBI
• Moore 2-4, R

The Knights scored three times in the 5th to break open a 4-3 game and made single-run crusades in the 7th and 9th to complete a 9-3 conquest of the Chiefs. Taylor Hill put on 13 baserunners in the space of 25 batters faced over four-plus innings. Seven of them crossed home plate, including the three he left to Daniel Stange, who was greeted with a two-run single by the “other” Michael Taylor before inducing a double play, which scored the third inherited run. All three Syracuse runs came in the 3rd as Will “Don’t Call Me Buster” Rhymes smacked his fifth home run. Rhymes and Tyler “Boz Thinks I’m Boggs” Moore both went 2-for-4 with a run scored as the Chiefs managed eight hits and three walks total.

Harrisburg — OFF DAY
The elimination number for the Western Division race is down to five for Harrisburg, which hosts Eastern Division cellar-dweller Reading for the next three at City Island. The Fightins now lead the Senators by four and 1/2 games to avoid the tag of the worst record in the Eastern League. Roster move: LHP Felipe Rivero reassigned from Hagerstown.

Potomac — OFF DAY
The rain that washed out this past weekend’s slate between Salem and Potomac has followed them to Woodbridge as thunderstorms are forecast for today. For Potomac, one or more cancellations could actually be to their benefit as it will make it harder for second-place Lynchburg to catch them as well as make it possible to win by less than a game or by percentage points.

Hagerstown 13 Delmarva 7
• Giolito (W, 9-2) 5IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 6K, HBP
• Difo 5-6, 2R, 2RBI
• Bautista 3-5, 2R, BB, RBI
• W. Rodriguez 3-5, R, HR, 3RBI
• Lopez 3-6, 2R, HR, 4RBI

Hagerstown got a touchdown on their opening drive, featuring deep completions beyond the secondary by Rafael Bautista and Wilman Rodriguez, and added a pair of field goals for a 13-7 win over Delmarva. Lucas Giolito won his 9th game with five shutout innings, allowing two hits and two walks while striking out six. Wilmer Difo went 5-for-6 to lead the 19-hit parade while Bautista, Rodriguez, and Carlos Lopez, who had a two-run homer in the 6th, had three hits apiece. It’s not all roses as reliever Andrew Cooper was hammered for six runs on seven hits and a walk over an inning and 2/3rds — the third time in a week that the Suns ‘pen was charged with three or more runs. Roster move: RHP Matt Swynenberg reassigned from Auburn.

Vermont 6 Auburn 2
• Ott 5IP, 4H, R, ER, BB, 5K, HR, WP
• Ramos (BS, 2; L, 1-2) 2IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, K
• Williamson 2-3, RBI
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-4, R, 2B, 3B

The Lake Monsters scored five unanswered runs to turn a 2-1 deficit into a 6-2 win over the Doubledays. Travis Ott gave up a solo shot with two out in the 1st but finished with the one run allowed on four hits. He walked one and struck out five. David Ramos blew yet another save as he was knocked for two runs in the 6th and was charged with the loss. Clay Williamson singled twice while “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz doubled and tripled to lead the Auburn offense. Roster move: RHP John Feliz reassigned from the GCL Nationals.

GCL Nationals 3 GCL Mets 0 (6 inn.)
• K. Simmons 2IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 2K
• Vasquez (W, 1-2) 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, HBP, WP
• Valerio (S, 2) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Ortiz 1-2, R, HR, 3RBI
• Lora 1-2, BB

Oliver Ortiz’s three-run homer in the last of the 5th was the difference in a 3-0 G-Nats win over the G-Mets in six innings (rain). Kyle Simmons got the start and went two scoreless innings with two hits and two walks with… wait for it… two strikeouts. Daury Vasquez got the win with three shutout frames while Maximo Valerio was awarded the save for recording a goose egg in the 6th. The G-Nats totaled just four hits and one walk with Edwin Lora the sole batter to record one of each.

DSL Nationals 3 DSL Rockies 1
• M. Pena (W, 1-1) 5IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K
• Morel (H, 3) 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Mota 2-4, 2B
• A. Martinez 2-4, R, 3B

The D-Nats stopped a two-game slide with a 3-1 win over the D-Rockies. Malvin Pena, who took Joan Baez’s place in the rotation, earned his first “W” with five frames of one-run ball, giving up three hits, no walks, and setting down three on strikes. Angher Cespedes completed four innings of shutdown relief that earned holds for Melvin Morel (#3) and Miguel Vargas (#1) as he set ‘em down in order in the 9th for the save (#8). The trio of Israel Mota, Anderson Franco, and Andres Martinez combined to go 5-for-12 with double (Mota), triple (Martinez) and home run (Franco) as the D-Nats registered eight hits for the game.

Aug 112014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-1 vs. Charlotte,
7:00 p.m.
Hill (10-5, 2.52) vs.
Doran (3-1, 6.55)
Harrisburg Lost, 3-0 OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Postponed OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown Won, 5-3 @ Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Giolito (8-2, 2.35) vs.
Gonzalez (6-1, 2.84)
Auburn Won, 10-2 vs. Vermont,
7:05 p.m.
Ott (1-2, 3.20) vs.
Cr. Perez (1-2, 4.28)
GCL Nationals OFF DAY vs. GCL Mets,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 8-5 vs. DSL Rockies,
10:30 a.m.
M. Pena (0-1, 6.86) vs.
Viloria (0-2, 3.94)


Syracuse 5 Louisville 1
• Cole (W, 4-0) 7IP, 9H, R, ER, BB, 3K, HBP
• Cedeno 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Kobernus 3-5, R, 2B, RBI, SB
• Burriss 2-4, R, 2RBI, BB, SB(20)
• Rhymes 2-4, R, RBI

A.J. Cole improved to 4-0 with seven strong innings versus Louisville as Syracuse took the game 5-1, the series 3-1, and held onto sole possession of first place by a game over Pawtucket. Cole scattered nine hits and walked one while striking out three. The defense turned two double plays for him while Eury Perez gunned down a runner trying to stretch a single into a double. Emmanuel Burris and Jeff Kobernus both reached base three times and swiped a bag to lead the 11-hit, five-walk attack for the Chiefs.

Binghamton 3 Harrisburg 0
• Simmons (L, 2-3) 6IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 8K
• Holland 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Keyes 1-3, 2B, BB
• Latimore 1-4, OF assist at 2B

Another quality start, but another feeble offensive effort doomed the Senators as they dropped the series finale to the B-Mets, 3-0. James Simmons gave up all three runs on six hits and a walk while striking out a season-high of eight. The Harrisburg bullpen clamped down Binghamton for another three scoreless innings — nine and 2/3rds total for the series — but for the second straight game the lineup produced just four hits and drew but two bases-on-balls as they were shut out for the seventh time this season.

Potomac vs. Salem — PPD
Well, there will be a doubleheader on Wednesday. And Tuesday, too, as the entire weekend series between Potomac and Salem was rained out. That’ll make up two of the three games lost, which affects both C.L. playoff races as the Red Sox are still in wild-card contention, having gotten some help from a Hillcats sweep of the Dash over the weekend to knock Winston-Salem back to third place in the Southern Division’s overall standings. Lynchburg also made up a game and a half on Potomac, though they still trail in the loss column by five. Meanwhile, Myrtle Beach continues to win — seven straight — and has opened up a five-game lead in their quest to take both halves.

Hagerstown 5 Kannapolis 3
• Suero 5IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 6K, HR
• Ullmann (W, 4-1) 2IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, K
• Napoli (SV, 4) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• W. Rodriguez 2-3, R, BB, RBI, SB
• Mesa 2-4, 2B, SB
• Lopez 2-4

Hagerstown completed its four-game sweep of Kannapolis with a 5-3 win. The Suns fell behind 2-1 after four and a half, but posted a picket fence with single runs in their last four “ups” to pull away. Wander Suero started and had a shutout going until Toby Thomas took him deep for a two-run HR with one out in the 5th. Ryan Ullmann got the win in relief while David Napoli earned the save, the fourth for both, respectively. Wilman Rodriguez singled twice, scored a run, drove in a run, walked and stole a base to lead the 11-hit attack for the Suns.

Auburn 10 Vermont 2
• A. Martinez (W, 1-1) 6IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• McDowell 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Abreu 4-4, 3R, HR, 3RBI, 2SB
• Read 1-4, R, HR, 4RBI

Raudy Read baked the offensive cake with a three-run HR in the 3rd while Osvaldo Abreu frosted it in the 7th with a solo shot as Auburn pummeled Vermont, 10-2. Anderson Martinez evened up his won-loss mark at 1-1 with both Lake Monster runs given up on five hits and no walks while setting down two on strikes. The Doubldays totaled 11 hits with Abreu leading the way with a 4-for-4 game with three runs scored and two stolen bases.

GCL Nationals — OFF DAY
The G-Nats continue to play .500 ball with yet another 3-3 week. They’ll host the G-Mets today and Wednesday with a trip to Port St. Lucie tomorrow, then go home-away-home on Thursday through Saturday against the G-Cards.

DSL Nationals — OFF DAY
Two weeks remain in the season but the tragic number is now in single digits for both the division title and the wild-card chase. After reeling off eight straight, the D-Nats are on a two-game slide but need just five wins to surpass last season’s total of 38.